Good Witch Fanfiction: A New Life - 17. Chapter 17
Disclaimer—Still don’t own Good Witch. If I did, we would have more than 10 episodes a year! :p
I’ve been working on this chapter for a while. It’s not the best, and there’s not much plot, but it’s more a “day in the life” kind of chapter. I didn’t write Brandon, Tara, and Lori into this for a reason—I’m not so great at including a lot of characters. You can pretend that they’re there if you want :). Anyway, hope you enjoy.
The 4th of July had always been Will’s favorite holiday. His family celebrated it at their lake house playing on the water, having a barbecue, and watching the fireworks go off over the lake. This year they would be adding one more person to the celebrations—Grace and Luke’s 9-month old daughter Kinley. He just couldn’t wait.
“Dad, when are we leaving for the lake house?” Will asked for the 10th time that hour.
Sam huffed in frustration. “I’m pretty busy trying to get all of this stuff packed in the car, Will. Why don’t you go help your mom pack up the coolers? We might get out of here sooner if you do.”
As he walked into the kitchen, he saw his sister helping their mom while trying to calm a crying Kinley. The baby was in her high chair reaching for her mom and wailing. When Grace saw Will, she smiled and looked at her daughter with big eyes. In an exaggerated voice she said, “Kin, look who it is! It’s Uncle Will!” Kinley stopped crying and looked in the direction her mom had pointed and gave him a watery smile.
Will walked up to his niece with a big grin on his face and tickled her. “Hey, Kinny! What’s the problem, huh? You want your Uncle Will?” he cooed. When she reached for him, he picked her up out of the high chair and started dancing around the kitchen.
Grace sighed with relief and went back to helping with the coolers. “Thanks, Will. She’s feeling kind of cooped up right now as we’re trying to get ready to go.”
Will smiled at her and walked over to his mom, bouncing Kinley as he went. “Mom, Dad said that I should help you with the coolers. Did you get the hot dogs put in there? What about the chocolate for s’mores? Are you almost done? How much longer will it be? Dad seems like he’s in a bad mood, so I hope not too long.”
Cassie glanced at Grace with a small smile on her face before turning to face her son. “Will, why don’t you take Kinley into the living room and play for a little while? You can help her play with that toy basketball hoop that your dad got for her. We won’t be too much longer.”
Will nodded and left, leaving Cassie and Grace laughing. “Hmm, I wonder why Sam is in a bad mood,” Grace said with a grin. She glanced in the direction her little brother had gone. “He’s such a good kid, but boy, when he gets something in his head…” she continued. Cassie nodded and finished getting everything in the cooler, just in time for Sam to come through the door. She walked up to him and wrapped her arm around his waist.
“Someone told me you’re in a bad mood,” looking into his face with a smirk.
Sam sighed. “Trying to get everything in the car was like losing a giant game of Tetris, and he wouldn’t stop asking me when we were leaving. Ten times, seriously. I counted.” He looked at Cassie and the smirk on her face grew larger until finally he broke out into a chuckle. “Well, he’ll be happy to know that once we HOPEFULLY get these coolers in the back seat, we’ll be ready to leave.” He turned to Grace. “Are you and Luke all packed up?”
Grace nodded. “Luke just went to fill up the car before we left. Once he gets back, we’re all set. Have you heard from Nick and Lauren? I texted him a little while ago, but he hasn’t answered yet,” she asked Sam as he was reaching down to pick up a cooler.
“Oh, Nick called this morning and said that their flight was delayed, so they are just going to meet us there,” he said as he headed toward the door. “They should be there sometime tonight.”
Grace nodded again. “I’m going to go get Kinley changed and tell Mr. Impatient that we’re almost ready,” she said with a wink at her parents. They all laughed as Sam and Cassie headed outside with the cooler and Grace retrieved her daughter from Will’s basketball tutelage.
A couple of hours later, they had settled into the lake house, and, much to his son’s delight, Sam had gotten the boat ready to go shortly after arriving. Will was the first one to join his dad, life jacket strapped around him tightly, clutching the tube that would pull him around the lake. The look of pure excitement on his face made Sam smile, and he patted his son on the shoulder. “You’re going to have to hold on tight. I’m going to be kicking up some waves for you back there.”
Will looked up at his dad with a grin. “I can’t wait!”
Sam threw his head back and laughed, before looking up at the sky with a frown. Turning to his son, he broke the bad news. “Will, I know you don’t want to hear this, but I don’t think we’ll be out there for too long. Those clouds look awfully menacing,” he said. Will looked up and frowned, disappointed. Before the rest of the family could join them, the skies opened up into a torrential downpour, soaking both of them to the skin. After tying the boat to the dock, Sam and Will ran into the house and were met by Cassie at the door, who handed them both towels.
“Yikes! That rain is cold!” Sam exclaimed, toweling his hair dry before wrapping it around his body. His hair stuck up in every direction and Cassie grinned before turning to her son.
“Will, go take a nice warm shower and change. I’ll start a fire in the fireplace, and we can make S’mores.” Will nodded and gave her a half smile before walking off down the hall.
Cassie turned to Sam, who was watching the sadness in Will’s face as he walked away. “Hopefully the storm will pass soon. At the very least, I hope we have good weather for the 4th tomorrow. He looks forward to this every year,” she said with a frown.
Sam nodded, slinging the towel around his shoulders. “I hope so. He was so excited about going out on the boat.”
Cassie looked him up and down, smiling softly. “Not that I’m not enjoying the view, but you’d better go shower, too, before you get too chilled,” she said with a glint in her eye. Sam lifted an eyebrow and glanced around. Noting that they were alone, he suddenly scooted a little closer to Cassie.
“Well, I know of some other ways to warm up,” Sam whispered in her ear.
Cassie laughed. “Alas, that will have to wait,” she whispered back, winking at him before glancing across the room. Just then, Grace came strolling in, carrying Kinley.
Noticing how closely her mom and Sam were standing, she shook her head. “You guys…there are children present,” Grace said in a teasing voice, playfully covering Kinley’s eyes. When she noticed that Sam was soaking wet, she glanced outside where the rain was still coming down. “Oh, no. Poor Will.”
Cassie nodded. “We’ll just have to come up with some fun things to do here in the house for the time being.” Turning to Sam she said, “You go, and I’ll start the fire. By the time you and Will are back, it should be nice and warm and ready for s’mores.” Sam nodded and began walking toward the master bedroom before turning around briefly to give her a small smirk. She tilted her head and gave him a smile before softly chuckling and shaking her head. He grinned and went to do what his wife requested.
Grace had taken Kinley over to the window to watch the rain, so as Sam left the room, Cassie joined her daughter. “Do you think the rain will stop by tomorrow?” Grace asked. “We haven’t been up to the lake house yet this year, and I was hoping Kinley could go on her first boat ride.”
Cassie gave her daughter a mysterious smile. “Oh, I’m sure these clouds will clear out soon enough, and Miss. Kinley,” she said, tickling her granddaughter’s feet, “will get to do all sorts of new things.” Cassie grinned as Kinley began giggling.
True to her word, when Sam and Will returned, Cassie had a good -sized fire blazing in the fireplace and s’mores ingredients ready to go. Will’s eyes lit up as he looked around, momentarily forgetting his bad luck with the rain. Nick and Lauren had shown up just in time, and the family enjoyed their night together playing games. When everyone was heading to bed, Will stood at the window, watching as the rain continued to pour down. Cassie walked up to him and hugged him to her side.
“We’ll have good weather tomorrow, you’ll see,” she said, squeezing him a little.
“Do you think so?” he asked hopefully, turning toward his mom.
She smiled. “Absolutely. Now go get some sleep. You’re going to have a big day on the lake tomorrow,” she said with a wink.
Will grinned and hugged her. “Thanks, Mom! Oh, and Dad…I want to be on the lake by 8 tomorrow morning!” he yelled as he ran to his room. Sam’s mouth dropped open as he watched his son run out of the room. “8?” he questioned, before shaking his head and laughing. He looked around the room and once again noticed he and Cassie were alone. Sidling up to his wife, he wrapped an arm around her. Cassie grinned and held him close.
“I’m feeling a little chilled,” she said with a glint in her eye. “Any ideas of how I can warm up?” Sam laughed and kissed her. “I have a few,” he said mischievously.
The next morning, Will looked outside to find clear, blue skies, just like his mom had said. Throwing on his swimming suit, he ran downstairs to find that his parents were already up making breakfast. “You were right, Mom! It’s gorgeous outside today!” he said excitedly, hugging his mom. Cassie just nodded, smiling.
Will turned to Sam. “Dad! Are you ready? I’m already dressed and ready to go!”
Sam, who had just taken a bite of a breakfast burrito, lifted an eyebrow. “I thought you were joking last night, Will. It’s still a bit chilly out there,” he said, chewing his food and nodding his head toward the lake. Will’s face dropped, and Sam glanced at Cassie before sighing. “But, it should warm up soon. Grab something to eat, and let’s get the boat ready to go.
Will grinned and jumped on his dad, squeezing him. “Thanks, Dad! I promise I won’t complain about the cold!” Sam laughed and wrapped his arm around Cassie while Will shoved a burrito down his throat.
“Done! Let’s go!” Will practically jogged out of the house toward the boat.
Cassie reached up and gave Sam a kiss. “You’re a really good dad,” she said with a soft smile. “Have fun out there. The rest of us will be ready in a couple of hours,” she said with a laugh. Sam threw his head back and laughed, giving her a quick peck on the cheek before running to catch up with his son.
By the time the rest of the family joined them later, Sam and Will had already been around the lake a couple of times. Stopping by the dock to let everyone else on, Sam helped them onto the boat one at a time. Grace handed Kinley to him before grabbing the railing and pulling herself on. When she went to take Kinley back, Sam had taken her to the front of the boat to show her the wheel.
“Look, Kinny! That’s how we’re going to steer the boat. Do you want to drive the boat with Paw-Paw?” he asked, tickling her neck under her life jacket. Kinley giggled, eyes shining at Sam. He grinned and kissed her cheek before turning and seeing Grace standing there smiling at them.
“Come here, Kinley,” she said, reaching for her daughter. “We’ll let you drive the boat with Paw-Paw when we’re away from the dock. Everyone’s on now, Sam.”
They all had a great time on the lake, with Kinley “helping” Sam steer the boat when the water was particularly calm. Will and Nick had a competition to see who could stay on the tube the longest. Due to some particularly choppy waves that Sam created for Nick, Will won. He enjoyed teasing his brother about it for the rest of the day.
Once they had had their fill of the boat, they headed back to the house for a barbecue and to wait for the fireworks over the lake. As the sun set, they got their chairs and blankets, and headed out in front of the house to watch the fireworks. Will, pulling his chair up next to his mom’s, leaned over and hugged her arm.
“This was the best day ever, Mom! Thank you.”
“You’re welcome, but thank you for what, honey?” she asked with a smile.
Will smiled and narrowed his eyes slightly and tilted his head, giving her a questioning look. “I’m not sure, really. All I know is that it was supposed to be stormy today, but you told me it was going to be nice and it was. So… thanks, I guess.”
The rest of the family laughed softly, with Sam and Grace exchanging knowing grins. Cassie smiled and placed her hand on her son’s cheek before pulling him to her side in a hug. Just then, the fireworks started over the lake. Looking around, Cassie saw Grace holding a fascinated Kinley while Luke and Nick had their arms around their respective wives. Cassie, still holding her son to her, reached to her other side to grab Sam’s hand, smiling softly at him. He looked over and smiled back before they both returned their attention to the fireworks. She sighed softly. Family.